Originally Posted by RedsManRick
I agree with this 100%. While us saber folk are often derided for treating players like robots, Dusty essentially errs in the exact opposite way. Dusty is a self-described player's manager who's (seemingly) #1 priority is keeping his guys happy.
He'll constantly describe how guys feel or what they like to justify decisions, as opposed to how they actually play. And he'll often refer back to his own playing days to defend himself. Dusty, as a player, liked certain things. He like having a distinct role so knew exactly what was expected of him. As a manager, he has not evolved his thinking beyond that. He manages like he's the captain of the team.
CF/leadoff is a fixed "role" on a Dusty team. SS/2-hole is another role. Unless he's forced to, he sticks with these archetypes, even when his talent doesn't fit it. He'll even go so far as to suggest those players adopt the approach of the archetypal player rather than one which maximizes their own strengths.
Rick, your exactly right.
Dusty has a blueprint of what he thinks a playoff ballclub is. And as Chip said, he refers to his playing days to construct that blueprint.
All these points your making, Chip's making, and I'm making all point to Cyclone being right about Dusty.
If you bring in Dusty's blueprint with players who actually get on base, this team (with above average pitching) is a playoff contender. However, the Reds will be lucky to have this at the same time. That being the case, the Reds need a manager who makes solid decisions based on statistical evidence instead of hunches or nostalgia. Dusty is not that man.